[Tweeters] question about honeybees at hummingbird feeders

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 9 13:06:34 PDT 2021

Dear Tweeters,
Maybe I missed something of the recent thread, but I have a question about bees and hummingbird feeders. We've had hummingbird feeders at our place for nearly 20 years now. There have always been times when yellowjackets took over the feeders, but I have always been able to find and destroy most of the yellowjacket nests--not just because of their taking over the feeders, but because they destroy a lot of apples and pears on my trees. Bees have always been infrequent visitors at the hummingbird feeders.
For the last few weeks, though, we suddenly have a large number of honeybees swarming all over our hummingbird feeders, and around our front porch and front door. Last year, we had a few cottonwoods cut down, and there was a beehive in one of them, honeycomb and all, so I know that this spot is a good one for bees. I would never do anything to harm a honeybee, but was wondering if there is some way to encourage them to move to some other food source. We have lots of flowers here, but the bees seem to prefer the sugar water. 
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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